Friday, March 25, 2011

Beer for the Weekend - Avery Maharaja

The Maharaja is back in town and this is the weekend to take him for a spin. This is one of my favorite beers to come around every year. As I wrote 2 years ago:
The Maharaja, aside from the hallucinations, is a great beer and without a doubt my favorite double IPA. Double IPA's tend to have a syrupy sweetness to balance out the hops but the Maharaja sweetness is refreshing. Everything about the Maharaja from the initial slap of the hops to the the sweetness in your throat should be the benchmark for a double IPA. It's like drinking 3 different beers at the same time as the tip of your tongue has a different taste experience than the back of the tongue and your throat (that's what Linda Lovelace said).
I might want to step back from saying it's my favorite DIPA, I wasn't much of a fan of DIPA's 2 years ago. But, it's still one of my favorites and definitely worth the $7.99 or so you'll pay for it. Pick some up at your favorite package store, it should be pretty widely available. If you want sure things check Rimann in Lenexa and Royal Liquor on State Line. If you want another sure thing, drink a whole bottle, it'll knock you out with flavor and alcohol. Rest in peace Maharaja, long live the Maharaja.

9 comments:

  1. The Firestone Walker Double Jack is a pretty damn good DIPA that is out fresh now as well.

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  2. This is why the Foundry's "come drink really old hopslam and double trouble next to fresh double jack" event was so silly. Why not wait two more weeks and add fresh maharajah to the party?

    I do realize the timing of when the hopslam came back onto the market, but still the double IPA off right before one comes out?

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  3. I've had maharaja once and felt it a little overly sweet throughout. But like Bull, that was some time ago and the bottle may have been old, or my experience young.

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  4. Barleywhiner, I picked up a bottle of Double Jack today as well so I'm going to have a double IPA weekend. I'm interested to know how they stack up to each other.

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  5. Drinking a fresh one now. I was underwhelmed when I had it last fall, but of course it was 6 mo. old at the time. For me, maharaja is a nice balance in between hopslam and double trouble.

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  6. Double Jack is hands down the best iipa available in these parts. Depth, balance and no alcohol heat... pretty much everything Maharajah isn't.

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  7. Maharaja is not bad, but it is pretty damn alcoholic and doesn't really have a lot of complexity.

    My favorite bottled DIPA around here would have to be Great Divide's Hercules. A little more balanced and drinkable, while still offering a hefty, hoppy experience.

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  8. Maharaja is not complex?

    I pretty much only drink local market IPAs draught but I feel like we haven't been drinking the same Maharaja.

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  9. We must not be, John. My Maharaja comes from a brewery out of CO that seems to heavy hand damn near all of its bigger beers (Reverend, Kaiser, Czar, Hog Heaven...) with no regard for balance or depth of flavor and a masochistic attraction to boozey, fusely beer. Seriously, though, I've found that Avery is usually a love it or hate it brewery (personally, I love many of their "traditional" style of beers. Avery IPA is one of the best IPA's I've ever had and I cannot say anything negative about their New World Porter).
    Cheers!

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